PIKE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) Convicted Trooper killer Eric Frein has been sentenced to death The same jury that found him guilty decided his fate late Wednesday evening. Eyewitness News Reporter Eric Deabill was in court when the verdict was read.
The jury that convicted Frein last week decided late Wednesday on the death penalty. Frein had no visible reaction as a jury imposed death against the 33-year-old convicted killer Frein was convicted of killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson and injuring Trooper Alex T. Douglass in the September 2014 ambush outside the state police barracks in Blooming Grove.
District Attorney Ray Tonkin said “There is a satisfaction” that jurors have rendered full justice in the case against Eric Frein”
Defense lawyers tried to save their clients life.
While appeals are likely — they were disappointed jurors didn’t believe Frein’s upbringing and disfunctional family factored into what happened.
“I’m surprised” said Bill Ruzzo, Defense Attorney. When asked why, Russo noted “We had 30 mitigating factors. Some of them were indisputable”
Corporal Dickson’s mother Darla was visibly choked up while the verdict was read.
“Corporal Dickson will always remain in the hearts of all members of the Pennsylvania State Police” added State Police Commissioner Tyree Blocker.
The jury’s decision closes a difficult chapter for the Pennsylvania State Police. Frein was on the run for 48 days…but commanders say….despite the tragedy many positive things also shined through.
“I remember the kids at the elementary school that would send little cards to the barracks once a week telling us to keep our spirits up” added Frank Noonan, Former Commissioner of PA State Police.
A formal sentencing hearing for Eric Frein is scheduled for 1:30 pm Thursday afternoon in Pike County